Angel Shine is thrilled to provide a BAE scholarship to the extraordinary Isabel Borges, 17 yrs old
We were very impressed with Isabel Borges’ talent and work ethic after observing her in Darla Hoover’s wonderful class at Ballet Academy East (BAE). Isabel radiates beauty, poise and courage. We wish her much continued success and have faith that she will continue to shine!
Special thanks to BAE’s inspiring founder, Julia Dubno and the dedicated teachers who make the dance dreams of thousands of children possible. http://balletacademyeast.com
Here is a letter from Isabel expressing the profound positive impact of dance on her life and what it means to be an Angel Shine Scholar:
Dear Angel Shine Foundation,
I am truly honored to be a recipient of the Angel Shine Foundation scholarship. This gift is not only a blessing to me, but also an encouragement to continue to work hard to achieve my goals. I cannot express how grateful I am to be apart of this wonderful group. I first began ballet at the age of three, in my hometown New Orleans, Louisiana. I then started participating in the Nutcracker Ballet each year, and my love for the theater, the music, and ballet was born. When I turned thirteen, I saw a performance in New York at Lincoln center of Coppelia and was enchanted not just by the graceful movements, but the music involved with it. I loved how the dancers looked at ease on stage, and the feeling of happiness was conveyed, that was when I knew I wanted a career in ballet.
Now as I am currently enrolled in the pre-professional, program for Ballet Academy East, my determination and love for ballet continue to deepen. Even though ballet takes a lot of work and can be struggling at times, nothing can beat the feeling I get when I am performing. When I get those few moments on stage, I can genuinely say I am my happiest. I cannot imagine a life without ballet; it has become a part of who I am today. Again, I would like to thank the Angel Shine Foundation for giving me this kind gift and having the confidence in me and the willingness to help me achieve my dream.
Thank you, Isabel Borges